Bata Industrials produces much of its professional footwear locally. This does not only give us benefits in terms of logistics, but it also makes our environmental footprint smaller. Bata and Bata Industrials have a strong focus on Corporate Social Responsibility. We care about the impact we have on our customers, our people and our surroundings. Running a responsible company was anchored in the values and beliefs of our founders since 1894. From the very beginning, Bata cared for its employees and their families by building whole villages around the factories like Batadorp in The Netherlands, Bataville in France and Batapur in Pakistan.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Bata Industrials Europe recognizes and accepts its health, safety and environmental duties and its responsibilities for Health and Safety at Work. The same applies for environmental Regulations and for providing a safe and healthy working environment for all its employees and the general public related to its working activities. Bata Industrials Europe will take all steps to meet the responsibilities detailed in the Dutch occupational health and safety act and in the European, Dutch and local regulations, legislation, acts, laws and policies.

Quality policy

We are committed to our principle that Quality is our Business for professional shoes and socks and for all other relevant products and services in our market position. This is strongly applied and is continuously being improved throughout all company processes and activities at all levels, and is adapted into all new developments and relations. Within ISO 9001:2008 we assure this continuous improvement of our Quality standard throughout all our processes and activities.

DECLARATION OF CONFORMITY

Our products and their packaging materials contain none of the substances (SVHC) included in the candidate list (date 20-12-2016) according to article 59 (10) of the REACH regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (‘REACH’ see the website of the European chemical Agency (AEhA) http://echa.europa.eu) in a concentration above 0.1% by weight.

We comply with the obligation of article 33 (1) of the REACH compliance. We will duly inform our customers of any changes in the candidate list, in the event of any material of our products and their packaging being involved.

Working conditions

Bata aims to be a socially responsible employer, providing fair and competitive remuneration and working conditions, both within our industry and in local markets. This is established and guaranteed by our collective agreement, OHS document, Bata Code of Ethics and Supplier Code of Conduct. The Corporate Social Responsibility has always been a focus point for Bata Industrials.

Bata Life

We have always aspired to create better lives of our employees and customers, and through that, to have a positive and on-going impact on communities and wider society. This is what we call the Bata ‘Life Effect’ and it is part of our long-term thinking. Everyday all around the world, our extended Bata family of employees and associates are having a positive effect on those around them. Our activities are benefiting communities and environments and our investments are supporting livelihoods. We don’t just look at employing and developing individuals, we recognize the way this affects their families and beyond.

Visit: batalife.com to get a better view of our heritage of respect, responsibility and vision.

The bata code of ethics

  • Non-discrimination and equal treatment
  • Individual freedoms
  • Anti-corruption
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Fair competition
  • Political neutrality
  • Intellectual property
  • Human rights

The bata supplier code of conduct

  • Non-discrimination
  • Dignity and respect
  • Minimum age employment
  • Remuneration and benefits
  • Workplace standards
  • Natural environment
  • Product safety

The Code of Conduct sets basic standards for working conditions and environmental management. The Code seeks to protect the workers who manufacture our footwear and aims to achieve decent and humane working conditions by complying with all relevant and applicable laws and regulations of the country in which workers are employed. This Code of Conduct ensures there is a good working and social environment for employees and suppliers and forbids child labor within Bata and Bata Industrials and its suppliers.

All Bata products sold in Europe have undergone strict material tests in compliance with REACH and our Bata Restricted Substance List (RSL). Our RSL is provided to our Bata Europe suppliers globally.

Eco-efficiency

At Bata Industrials we care about the CO2 emissions and want to contribute to the environment by reducing our own carbon footprint. Our company cars are globally selected by their CO2 emission. Within The Netherlands we select cars by carbon dioxide emissions and energy label A or B. The majority of our company cars have a low CO2 emission.

Our performance

When it comes to managing and recycling waste flows, The Netherlands is one of the world leaders. At Bata Industrials we separate and collect our waste. We sort and collect waste paper and cardboard, foil and plastics, production waste, chemical waste and residual waste. A part of our used materials like waste paper & cardboard, foil & plastics are given new life. This helps to protect the world’s limited resources and preserves the planet for future generations. The waste-to-product organisation that is assigned to handle this process for us is Renewi. Renewi is market leader in the collection and treatment of commercial waste and is centred in the Benelux. The company focusses on extracting value from waste rather than on its disposal through mass burn incineration or landfill.

In 2017 87% (161.039 kg) of our waste was recyclable and given new life. 44% as raw materials, 24% as green energy, 19% as grey energy. Compared to 2016 we preserved 3% more raw materials. We also avoided 42 tons of carbon dioxide which is equal to:

  • driving 213,910 km with a car that runs on diesel;
  • Taking 107,993 7 minute showers;
  • 10 days and 19 hours of a family’s energy consumption;
  • Watching TV with the entire family for 45 years, 10 days and 11 hours.
Projects

Besides taking care of nature Bata Industrials exceptionally supports different projects. These projects often receive the aiding, sponsoring and guiding from Bata Industrials itself.

CamptoCampUS

In 2017 we participated in CamptoCampUS, a project by Movement on the Ground. A foundation responding to humanitarian crises affecting the innocent men, women and children forced from their homes by climate change, poverty and war. In 2017 the foundation was involved in the refugee crisis on the Greek Island Lesvos. The project aimed to redefine the hospitality of refugees from camps of deprivation and exploitation to environments where it is all about innovation, inspiration and education. We wanted to support this inspiring organisation and contributed by donating safety shoes and work socks.

World solar challenge

Every two years, for the past 30 years, the World Solar Challenge has welcomed the greatest minds from around the world to Australia to challenge the norms and travel the outback of 3,000 km in a vehicle powered only by the power of the sun. Teams comprise of tertiary and secondary students from over 30 countries. These students and their support team engineer build a vehicle with their own hands and have to power it across some of the world’s most challenging landscape.

Bata Children’s Program

Since 2011 the community initiatives of the Bata Children’s Program have created brighter paths for children all over the planet. This independent, volunteer-driven program is backed by the Bata Children’s Program Foundation and the Bata Company.

All volunteers contributing their time are employees of Bata, with over 7,000 volunteers having participated already. Bata Children’s program provided eye exams for 1,700 schoolchildren in India. Optometrists and doctors filled out health records for each child after their exams, prescribing glasses for many of them. At awareness workshops, the children learned simple eye exercises and other ways to take care of their eyes, including following a healthy diet. Children’s eye health is important: Myopic children have trouble reading the blackboard, while hyperopic ones struggle to read books, for example.

BCP volunteer Barkha Kapoor, of Bata India’s e-commerce team, said, “What I liked most about this activity was that it was not just a checkup camp – a separate session was undertaken with the children on eye care awareness, and a few problems were discussed on a case-by-case basis. Vision problems can adversely affect students’ ability to function at school and enjoy learning, so regular screening is essential for timely diagnosis and treatment.’’

Visit: www.batachildrensprogram.org to get a view of the independent volunteer-driven program.